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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Kansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Wichita Woman Had Guns, 20 Pounds of Methamphetamine

WICHITA, KAN. – A Wichita woman pleaded guilty today to federal firearms and drug charges, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.

Wendy L. Scearce, 36, Wichita, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

In her plea, Scearce admitted she was in her residence in the 300 block of North Seneca when Wichita police served a search warrant. Police found a .380-caliber Beretta handgun in the house. In the garage, police found 20 pounds of methamphetamine and 11 firearms. Scearace admitted she kept the gun to protect herself while she was engaged in drug trafficking.

Sentencing is set for April 6. She could face a sentence of not less than 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $10 million on the drug charge and not less than five years and a fine up to $250,000 on the firearm charge.

McAllister commended the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, the Wichita Police Department and Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra Barnett for their work on the case.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated January 15, 2020